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Generic Name: clotrimazole topical (kloe TRIM a zole)
Brand Names: Desenex AF Prescription Strength, Fungoid Solution, Lotrimin, Lotrimin Jock Itch Powder, Mycelex, Mycelex OTC

What is Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical)?

Clotrimazole topical is an antifungal medication. Clotrimazole topical prevents fungus from growing on your skin.

Clotrimazole topical is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.

Clotrimazole topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical)?

Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothing (preferably cotton).

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Who should not use Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical)?

Do not use clotrimazole topical if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

Clotrimazole topical is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use clotrimazole topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether clotrimazole passes into breast milk. Do not use clotrimazole topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical)?

Use clotrimazole topical exactly as directed by your doctor or follow the directions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication, unless you are using it to treat a hand infection.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the cream (usually twice daily) for 2 to 4 weeks.

Do not take this medication by mouth.

If the infection does not clear up in 4 weeks, or if it appears to get worse, see your doctor.

Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.

Do not use bandages or dressings that do not allow air circulation over the affected area (occlusive dressings) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Store clotrimazole topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the regular amount of clotrimazole topical. Do not use a double dose unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of clotrimazole topical is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect that a much larger than normal dose has been used, or that clotrimazole topical has been ingested, contact an emergency room or a poison control center.

What should I avoid while using Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical)?

Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear clothing made of loose cotton and other natural fibers until the infection is healed.

Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical) side effects

Serious side effects of clotrimazole topical use are not expected. Stop using clotrimazole topical and see your doctor if you experience unusual or severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, swelling, or irritation of the skin.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Mycelex OTC (clotrimazole topical)?

Avoid using other topicals at the same time unless your doctor approves. Other skin medications may affect the absorption or effectiveness of clotrimazole topical.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with clotrimazole topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking or using any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about clotrimazole topical written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Clotrimazole topical is available under the brand name Lotrimin for prescription products and under the brand name Lotrimin AF for over-the-counter products. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Clotrimazole topical is available as a cream, a solution, and a lotion. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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